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Missouri Schools Acknowledged for Professional Learning Opportunities

Sixteen schools from across the state of Missouri will be honored during the 2017 Powerful Learning Conference Jan. 30-31 in Osage Beach for their commitment to professional learning.

The schools have been named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for promoting cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement.

The 2016-17 award winners are:

State Board Grants Provisionally Accredited Status to Riverview Gardens School District

At its meeting today, the State Board of Education reclassified Riverview Gardens School District as provisionally accredited, following a Department presentation outlining the district’s improvements over the past few years. The classification will be effective January 4, 2017, which is the first day of the second semester of the Riverview Gardens school year.

Eight Missouri Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools

Eight public schools in Missouri have been honored as 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The national award honors schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.

These are Missouri's Blue Ribbon Schools:

Adrian Elementary, Adrian R-III School District

Chapel Hill Elementary, North Kansas City 74 School District

Missouri Schools Receive Grant to Expand School Breakfast Programs

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education received a grant totaling more than $190,000 on Thursday to help fund the expansion of school breakfast programs throughout the state. The state secured these funds as part of the 2016 Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Grant program in recognition of the state’s efforts to ensure all students have access to more nutritious foods.

Career and Technical Education Advisory Council Approaches Transition

The State Board of Education heard an update on an upcoming transition from a current interim advisory committee to an appointed advisory council on career and technical education on Tuesday. Members of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff and Dr. Don Claycomb, former president of State Technical College of Missouri, presented the upcoming changes.

Savannah R-III Elementary Teacher Named 2016-17 Missouri Teacher of the Year

A passion for education developed in the heart of Darbie Valenti years ago, when the actions of an elementary school art teacher changed her life.

“School is what saved me,” Valenti said. “It shaped me, and it determined my life. I am purposeful in my mission to make sure that it does the same for the students in my classroom, because my life is visible evidence that one teacher’s ability to see potential makes all the difference to a child.”

Statewide 2016 MAP Results Released

Each year, Missouri administers statewide tests using the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to give students, teachers and parents an objective way to see how well students are learning. The tests are among the measures the department uses to gauge student progress in Missouri public schools. Missouri moved away from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and the 2016 results reflect student performance on a Missouri test.